4 Florida cities listed
St. Petersburg, Orlando, Gainesville and Bradenton are ranked among the "meanest" in the nation to homeless people.
among the 'meanest' to homeless people
The report comes from the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty and the National Coalition for the Homeless.
It tracks what it calls a growing trend in U.S. cities - the criminalization of homelessness. The report focuses on laws and ordinances from 2007 and 2008 targeting homeless persons, including those that make it illegal to sleep, eat, or sit in public spaces.
The top 10 U.S. cities with the worst practices in relation to criminalizing homelessness according to the report:
1. Los AngelesRead the entire report, entitled "Homes Not Handcuffs," here.
2. St. Petersburg
5. Gainesville, Florida
6. Kalamazoo, Michigan
7. San Francisco
10. Berkeley, California
Update: Over at Will Report for Food, Alex is amazed that St. Pete beat out Orlando, "considering their ridiculous, mean-spirited campaign against bums." Check out his post here.
Another update: The Orlando Weekly points out that the city’s defense against allegations of meanness is that it is funding a renovation that will reduce the number of beds for homeless people. Read the comments here (scroll down to the second item).